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Monday, May 12, 2014

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During a meeting Saturday morning, Walker Township supervisors said they're concerned about the additional time and money it will take to get a complete and approved Act 537 sewage facilities plan.

Walker and West Penn townships have formed an intermunicipal agreement to develop the plan.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Carbon County Senior Games continue this week.

At the end of the first week of competition the Southern Carbon County seniors, comprising Lehighton and Palmerton, are still in the lead with a combined score of 340. Northern Carbon County seniors, which includes Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley and Weatherly, aren't far behind with a combined score of 308.

Tuesday's events will include the Philip Steigerwalt Memorial Walk, softball throw, horseshoes and bocci.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Legislation that would expand Pennsylvania's drug-monitoring program cleared the state Senate this week, passing despite some concerns it would jeopardize patients' privacy rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has stood firm in its opposition to Senate Bill 1180, taking issue with the fact it would allow prosecutors to access the program after obtaining a court order based only on reasonable suspicion, the same standard needed to search a student's locker at school or a prison inmate's cell.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The 2014 Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Benefit Baseball Game between the Jim Thorpe Old-timers and Franklin Township Old-timers will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Christman Little League Field in Franklin Township.

The bake sale and Chinese auction starts at noon.

Anyone who wants to donate an item for the Chinese auction should do so after 8 a.m. on May 18.

Proceeds will benefit Anastasia Susko of Jim Thorpe.

Monday, May 12, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Participants for the Law Day assembly held at Marian Catholic High School on May 2 included, first row, from left, Gabrielle Fatula, Amanda Champion, Faith Befano, Amanda Esposito, attorney Nina DeCosmo, Brianna Esposito, Tara Koskulitz and Carbon County Clerk of Courts William McGinley; second row, Patrick Darrough, Joseph Letcher, Michael Dino, Madyson Dyer, Nicholas Mayernik, Ryan Darrough and Tyler John; third row, James McKinley, Megan Fatula, Matthew Greenfield, Alexandra Dutz, Natalia Konitzer, Hunter Puza, Shannon Kelly and Deaynna Koskulitz.

A mock trial held May 2 at Marian Catholic High School could have been taken straight from current headlines.

The mock case concerned a fake student, Jordan Simon, who died after using illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

Simon's "estate" was suing her school, Ruffed Grouse High School, on the basis the school was responsible for the student athlete's death, alleging coaches and officials knew of her drug use.

The deadly drug was allegedly injected into the teen during schoolhours.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The second annual Hunter Wolfe Memorial is being held on Monday, July 14, at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville. The event honors Hunter, who lost his life in 2011 due to leukemia at the age of 12.

Last year's inaugural event was a success because of all the sponsors, golfers and various donations to the tournament.

The event raised more than $13,000 for the Dream Come True-Blue Ridge Chapter.

Based on the cost to send a child and his family on a Dream Come True trip, this amount possibly sent two children and their families on a Dream Come True trip.

Monday, May 12, 2014

In recognition of local military veterans, Poho Poco Rod and Gun Club is hosting a "Youth Fishing" day beginning at 9 a.m. on May 18 at the Phifer Ice Dam Park on Main Road, in Franklin Township.

The ponds are adjacent to the Franklin Township Little League fields.

Youngsters aged 1 to 12, who are children, grandchildren or great-grand children of military veterans or service organizations, or Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts in the lower Carbon County area, are invited to fish during the event for free.

Monday, May 12, 2014
AP Photo/University of Richmond, Mitchell Leff This March 6, 2014, photo provided by the University of Richmond shows women's basketball associate head coach Ginny Doyle, top, and head coach Michael Shafer during a game against VCU in Richmond, Virginia. Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were two of the three people aboard a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and crashed Friday in Virginia. Investigators say their remains were found about a mile apart in dense woods.

College basketball coach Ginny Doyle, one of three people killed Friday when the hot air balloon they were riding in crashed and burned at a Virginia festival, spent summers at her family's vacation home in Lake Hauto.

The Lake Hauto Club sent a message to its members, "Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Ginny Doyle, who was killed in a hot air balloon accident, Friday evening, in Richmond, Virginia."

The message said that the family, from the Philadelphia area, had a summer home on Lake Drive since the 1970s.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lehighton Area School District's Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the district administration building.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 2014-15 budget.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Experts from Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in Penn Forest Township will present the Butterfly Experience at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly.

RSVP by May 16 to Lisa Marie at 570-427-4500.

A $1 donation at the door will go to Dream Come True, which fulfills dreams for chronically and terminally ill children.